The purpose of Kickstart This! is to alert our readers to Kickstarter campaigns entering their final week. These are the pick of the Kickstarter litter in our opinion, and if we could, we’d be personally backing every last one of these.

So take a look at these campaigns if they haven’t yet crossed your radar!

*Kickstart This! will be going on indefinite hiatus at the end of 2020. The Kickstarter-related content represented here (recommendations of current campaigns) has already been incorporated into the Twice-Monthly Update Videos. Please check out my Youtube channel, or continue to enjoy those videos as they’re posted here at this site.

Kickstart This! #318: ISS Vanguard (on Gamefound)

“A co-operative campaign and epic sci-fi adventure with hard player choices, twists, branching storylines, and gameplay split into 2 phases. The Ship phase features 4 different sections (security, recon, science, engineering) while onboard the first human ship with the possibility to reach outer space. During the Planet Landing phase, players prepare their crew for landing on the next planet, in search of answers to humanity’s biggest questions. Together they pick the lander and customize it with modules, then each section chooses a crew member to take on a mission (more experienced crew members have better ranks), and further customize with deck-building skills, equipment, and dice.”

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Kickstart This! #316: Vindication Board Game and Chronicles Expansion

“The road to restoring your lost honor goes deeper with Chronicles, the second expansion to Vindication. Chronicles adds more narrative, immersion, and story to the existing Vindication experience, both for the island itself and for your own personal journey. Decisions are further recorded on new, large, full color paper player sheets. Make enough decisions embodying a certain attribute and you become legendary for that attribute, gaining you a powerful new ability and a big gorgeous tarot card to place next to your wretch tile to help you feel extra good about your progress. This campaign is also an opportunity to pick up the recent Vindication: World Box Odyssey Bundle and Wintertide Promo Pack, as well as all previously released Vindication promos, the base game and the previous expansion.”

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Kickstart This! #314: Alhambra Big Box 2nd Edition

“Players are acquiring buildings to be placed within their Alhambra complex. Players with the most buildings in each of the six building types in their Alhambra score in each of the scoring phases, and points are awarded for players’ longest external ‘wall’ section within their complex. The new Kickstarter features all new artwork, all 6 expansions, 2 Queenies and Tile Dispenser Tower.”

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Kickstart This! #311: Nemo’s War: Journey’s End Expansion & Ultimate Edition

“The second edition of Nemo’s War, Victory Point Games’ popular solitaire offering from designer Chris Taylor, is a greatly enhanced offering featuring mass-production printing and amazing Ian O’Toole art and graphics throughout. Set in year 1870, you set sail in this amazing electric-powered submarine, assuming the role and motive of Captain Nemo as you travel across the seas on missions of science, exploration, anti-Imperialism, and War.”

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Kickstart This! #310: The Pursuit of Happiness – Big Box and Nostalgia Expansion

“The Pursuit of Happiness gets a Big Box, Deluxe components and a brand new Expansion. The Pursuit of Happiness is a game in which you take a character from birth and you live the life you always wanted. Using a worker-placement mechanism with time as your workers, you take on projects, you get jobs, you buy items, you establish relationships, you raise families. The possibilities are endless as you live the life you have always wanted.”

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